Rust, dust and lust: a cautionary tale of resilience.

Once upon a time there was a castle which was crumbling from the foundations upwards. The white ants had been busy over the years and whilst the facade looked stable, the foundations had powdered to ashes and the ashes had powdered to dust and the dust had blown away in the cruel winds of fortune.  … Continue reading Rust, dust and lust: a cautionary tale of resilience.

Ghost in the Machine: The technology of the English Tea Room.

We've got the automation of our crumpet making facility down to a T now. The dough goes in there, it's kneaded and proved there, shaped and baked there and dispensed onto bright white plates there, before being accompanied by portion controlled dollops of butter and regulated strawberry jam just there. The trouble with employing people … Continue reading Ghost in the Machine: The technology of the English Tea Room.

Ghost in the Machine: The Future is Human.

Data entry has to be done by a human. Yes, I know it breaks protocol but that's the way the boys upstairs want it to be. And yes I know it's asking for trouble but believe you me, if will be a damn sight easier than relying on an algorithm. Yes, I know our algorithms … Continue reading Ghost in the Machine: The Future is Human.

MenschMachine: Kraftwerk takes on the Medics and the NMR Industry

I’m led into a modest clinic, disinfected, spartan, imposing. A large nuclear magnetic resonance imaging device takes centre stage. I am told to lie down on a table , hold my arms in a fixed position, place my chin on a poystyrene pad and not to move. Apparently all my hydrogen ions are about to … Continue reading MenschMachine: Kraftwerk takes on the Medics and the NMR Industry